Sometimes, when you operate towards the end of a process, you may find yourself in an untenable position resulting from any number of issues that happened at the beginning of the process. In my experience a failure of information to flow from the beginning of the process to the end of the process is the most frequent culprit. Things blow up in your face and you do not know why, or you are handed a hot potato no one wants. When this occurs I like to refer to is as being left in the chimney.
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